Barry: Death Clutch Gym continuing without Lesnar

by Ben Fowlkes | source:

"I was happy with what I did once I was already on the ground, like...staying poised, staying controlled, not panicking and being able to avoid submissions and getting back to my feet, but the one thing I wasn't happy with was the fact that I even hit the ground. I showed submission defense and I showed a better confidence on the ground, being under somebody, but I didn't execute the takedown defense like we had been planning on doing and the way we trained to do it."

Much of the credit for his gains on the ground go to his coaches and teammates at the Death Clutch gym in Minnesota, Barry said. While some fans seem to believe that the gym has folded up shop ever since its most famous member -- former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar -- announced his retirement, Barry insisted the rest of the team was "still marching forward; we're just down one man."

"We still have [Bellator heavyweight champion] Cole Konrad, and when you have a Cole Konrad, you don't really need much else," Barry added. "That dude is a monster."

According to Barry, the Death Clutch gym has turned out to be the perfect place to deal with his weaknesses as an MMA fighter -- namely staying on his feet and out of submissions in a division populated with much larger fighters.

"There's no secret to the flaws in my game. ...What I did was I went and found a gym that consists of giant wrestlers who all do [jiu-jitsu], and with [Rodrigo] 'Comprido' [Medeiros], a seven-time world champion who is a super-stud on the ground. So I found a room with a bunch of guys who are a lot bigger than I am, they all wrestle and they all do jiu-jitsu. ...What better thing [is there] for me to do?"

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paw site profile image  

1/25/12 11:24 AM by paw

ttt for Pat

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1/25/12 8:59 AM by cool ya self

Tyrone Spong trains with the Blackzilians. Not sure what Barry would be able to add there. He's good where's he's at.

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1/25/12 12:40 AM by Nameless1

Overeem is just a better striker and the better guy that night. It has nothing to do with him being black .

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1/25/12 12:39 AM by Nameless1

Racist ^


1/25/12 12:36 AM by Gary "Big Daddy" Goodridge

Very happy to see Black do so well

Nameless1 site profile image  

1/25/12 12:06 AM by Nameless1

Is the gym open to the public daily ?It's close to Brocks farm right ?

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1/24/12 11:24 PM by dermotfix

I was a little put off by the gay antics and general goofiness (see planking incident)  but I can honestly say this guy, Pat Barry, is making me fall in love all over again... That's the kind of attitude that will elevate talented guys like Pat to a whole new level. And it's inspiring, really. Win or lose, will always look forward  to watching Pat's next fight. But, who will be next ?!?!

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1/24/12 11:01 PM by Delightone

Barry should join the Blackzilians good wrestlers lots of bjj guys.And he could put there stand up to another level

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1/24/12 10:33 PM by Ktaco

It would be interesting to know how often Lesnar is in the gym and what he does while there. He said he wanted to keep at it to stay in shape. Did he mean just keep up with the workout style, or actually continue to learn new skills.

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1/24/12 10:09 PM by fightharder

One of the coolest dudes in MMA by far. I am so happy that he can keep sharping his skills at deathclutch. I really hope he will be able to learn a lot from Konrad and vice versa (though i see the potential he could def up his striking game).And who knows,we might see Brock either in the corner of one of his guys or perhaps making a return to the Octagon in for a final fight (trying to end the run with a W).